About Us

The Gem Gallery’s showroom in downtown Bozeman, Montana
The Gem Gallery, located in downtown Bozeman, Montana, is Bozeman’s premier custom jewelry store. We have been creating custom jewelry in gold, platinum, palladium and silver since 1994. From the beginning, we have had one of the largest selections of Yogo Sapphires and Fancy Montana Sapphires available. Our store and our designs have been built on the beauty of Montana’s own Sapphires.
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Store Owner

Don Baide

Don’s family came to Montana in the early 1800s, making him a fourth generation Montanan. Don’s interest in rocks and gemstone grew as a child, and quickly became his passion.  As a trained gemologist and goldsmith, Don takes pride in jewelry design. His fascination with gemstones has taken him all over the world. Before opening the Gem Gallery, in 1994, Don owned and operated his own gemstone import business, Merchants of Interest which later became The Gem Gallery. 

Don’s interest in Montana sapphires keeps him busy traveling to the Yogo Sapphire mine, as well as overseas for gemstone cutting. He has taught many classes on Yogo sapphires and the other sapphires in Montana, and is considered a leading authority on these precious gems by many.
Don Baide and son Jason Baide

Our Goldsmiths

Philip Devitt

A Bozeman, Montana native, Philip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Montana State University. He has since studied the art of stone-setting under Master Goldsmith Blaine Lewis at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. Philip has been at the bench at The Gem Gallery since 2006 and creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are custom designed and hand-built. His work focuses on hand fabricated pieces, intricate stone settings, and multi-metal inlays. Philip comes to work with a smile.

Philip Devitt, Goldsmith

Philip Devitt

A Bozeman, Montana native, Philip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Montana State University. He has since studied the art of stone-setting under Master Goldsmith Blaine Lewis at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. Philip has been at the bench at The Gem Gallery since 2006 and creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are custom designed and hand-built. His work focuses on hand fabricated pieces, intricate stone settings, and multi-metal inlays. Philip comes to work with a smile.

Christopher Tullar

With over 20 years experience in metalsmithing, Chris prides himself on his attention to detail. His meticulous craftsmanship lends itself to each repair and custom piece that comes from Chris’s bench. When designing, Chris employs a “no frills” aesthetic that features clean lines, elegant curves, and a subtle geometry. After earning a BFA in Metalsmithing from the Maine College of Art under Tim McCreight, Chris began his career in New Hampshire at an independently owned custom jewelry store. He later completed his MFA at Montana State University here in Bozeman, Montana. He fell in love with the mountains and skiing here and can often be found enjoying the outdoors. During his time at the Gem Gallery he has also studied with Blaine Lewis of the New Approach School for Jewelers to further hone his stone setting skills.

Christopher Tullar

With over 20 years experience in metalsmithing, Chris prides himself on his attention to detail. His meticulous craftsmanship lends itself to each repair and custom piece that comes from Chris’s bench. When designing, Chris employs a “no frills” aesthetic that features clean lines, elegant curves, and a subtle geometry. After earning a BFA in Metalsmithing from the Maine College of Art under Tim McCreight, Chris began his career in New Hampshire at an independently owned custom jewelry store. He later completed his MFA at Montana State University here in Bozeman, Montana. He fell in love with the mountains and skiing here and can often be found enjoying the outdoors. During his time at the Gem Gallery he has also studied with Blaine Lewis of the New Approach School for Jewelers to further hone his stone setting skills.
Christopher Tullar, Goldsmith

Jason Baide

Born and raised in Bozeman, Jason spent much of hischildhood around The Gem Gallery. From a young age, he took an interest in thejewelry making process. His constant curiosity lead him to learn from theexperienced in-store goldsmiths and his father, Don Baide.
A 2018 graduate from MSU, Jason studied studio arts andbusiness. He has also attended New Approach Jewelry School in Tennessee and CADCAM training in Toronto, CA. Jason’s design and goldsmithing abilities havebeen recognized with multiple awards including Saul Bell International Jewelry Awardfor Emerging Artist in 2016 and 2017.Jason currently does design work and goldsmith and is excited to eventuallycontinue The Gem Gallery’s tradition of craftsmanship and quality.
Jason Baide, Designer

Jason Baide

Born and raised in Bozeman, Jason spent much of hischildhood around The Gem Gallery. From a young age, he took an interest in thejewelry making process. His constant curiosity lead him to learn from theexperienced in-store goldsmiths and his father, Don Baide.
A 2018 graduate from MSU, Jason studied studio arts andbusiness. He has also attended New Approach Jewelry School in Tennessee and CADCAM training in Toronto, CA. Jason’s design and goldsmithing abilities havebeen recognized with multiple awards including Saul Bell International Jewelry Awardfor Emerging Artist in 2016 and 2017.Jason currently does design work and goldsmith and is excited to eventuallycontinue The Gem Gallery’s tradition of craftsmanship and quality.

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Explore our Store

Over the years we have grown, not only in our custom designs and jewelry we offer, but also in the services we provide and to a bigger, better location! In 2013, we moved and expanded into our current location, the corner store at 402 E. Main St. While we have been in the same building for over 20 years, we took over the corner spot and increased our space to become “the most comfortable” jewelry store in Bozeman. We are often told it feels like a Montana living room with beautiful jewelry to look at! Our beautiful new store, our great customer service and our private label jewelry line helped us become one of “Americas Coolest Jewelry Stores” through the jewelry trade magazine, IN-Store. This designation is awarded by trade industry professionals and other jewelers, so it is a huge honor to be “Cool!” Please explore more about The Gem Gallery through many pages on our website or come visit us in beautiful downtown Bozeman!

What is a Yogo Sapphire?

We are proud to feature one of the largest collections of brilliant, all-natural Yogo Sapphires in America. Produced from only one location in the world, the Montana Yogo Sapphire exemplifies a truly rare gem. It is an all-natural sapphire that requires no treatments. Ninety-five percent of the world’s sapphires must be treated with heat to achieve the brilliant colors for which sapphires are known. However, the gorgeous natural Yogo Sapphires featured at The Gem Gallery are never treated. Besides their beauty, the mining of Yogo Sapphires has had a very turbulent past. From floods to war, the history of the mine is as unique as the sapphire itself. You can read more about the mine on our Yogo Sapphire History page.

What is a Fancy Montana Sapphire?

The Gem Gallery also features a wide variety of Fancy Montana Sapphires. These beautiful sapphires also come from Montana and are found in every color of the rainbow. They are usually heat-treated to enhance their natural color and clarity and bring out their true beauty. There are a few locations within Montana that these sapphires are found with the majority of our sapphires coming from the Sapphire Mountains near Philipsburg, MT. Sapphires throughout the world come in many colors, but Montana is the only place where all the colors of the rainbow can be found in one mine. These sapphires are beautiful from pale aquamarine color to intense oranges and nearly everything in between. Perfect for everyone!

The Gem Gallery also offers GIA certified Diamonds. We specialize in both ideal cut and hearts-and-arrow cut diamonds that achieve maximum brilliance and light refraction. The Gem Gallery has the resources to find diamonds specific to your requirements in size, clarity, color and even rare cut including the Cushion and Asscher cut.
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